Social Security Disability Definitions
Social Security Disability and SSI Overview
The Requirements for Disability
Social Security Disability and SSI Applications
Tips and Advice for Disability Claims
How long does Disability take?
Common Mistakes after Receiving a Disability Denial
Social Security Disability and SSI Denials
Social Security Disability and SSI Appeals
Social Security Mental Disability Benefits
Disability Benefits offered through Social Security
Benefits through SSI disability
Disability Benefits for Children
Disability Qualifications and How to Qualify
Social Security Disability and Working
Winning your Disability Benefits
Social Security Disability Back Pay Benefits
Social Security Disability SSI Awards and Award Notices
Disability Lawyers and Hiring an Attorney
Social Security Disability SSI List of Conditions
What is considered a Disabling condition by Social Security?
Social Security Disability SSI and Medical Evidence
Filing for Disability Benefits
Eligibility for Disability Benefits
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The non-medical Disability Requirements for SSD and SSI
The non-medical requirements for SSD and SSI generally have to do with income in the sense that a claimant cannot have earned income in excess of a limit known as SGA. SGA stands for substantial gainful activity and it basically means that while a person can work and file for (or receive) disability benefits, they cannot earn over a certain limit each month (to see the current limit: SGA).
The SGA earned income limit applies to both social security disability and SSI disability. The social security administration keeps the earnings limit in place with the idea in mind that if a person can work and earn at least the SGA earnings amount, then they are probably not functionally limited enough to be "disabled".
Another non-medical requirement concerns assets (also known as resources). However, the consideration of assets or resources only concerns the SSI disability program. Since SSI is based on an individual being disabled but also being in need, the SSI program limits a person's countable assets to two thousand dollars. What are countable assets? They include any vehicles you own in addition to your primary vehicle, any real estate you own other than the house you live in, the cash value - surrender value of insurance policies, and liquid assets such as money in savings accounts.
Individuals who file for SSI and are found to be medically disabled (i.e. have been given an approval by a disability examiner, or by an administrative law judge at a disability hearing) are given what is known as an "end line review". This review is done to make sure that the claimant, even though they have satisfied the medical requirements and criteria for receiving disability, still qualify for SSI disability benefits under the non-medical criteria (such as not having too much in assets or earned income).
Finally, a non-medical requirement that affects applicants for SSD (social security disability), but does not affect applicants for SSI is insured status. Unlike SSI, to receive SSD a person must have earned enough work credits to be considered insured for disability benefits.
Whether or not a person is insured and able to receive SSD (assuming that they are also pass the medical requirements for disability) is determined at the start of the disability claim process since the social security office where a person applies will need to know which program the individual's claim should be taken in.
What are the Assets that count for SSI Disability?
Return to: Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions
Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:
Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI
These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.
Filing for disability - How to file for SSD or SSI and the Information that is needed by Social Security
How to Apply for Disability - What medical conditions can you apply and qualify for?
Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?
How to Prove you are disabled and qualify to win disability benefits
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it and receive it
Social Security Disability SSI - Eligibility Requirements and Qualifications Criteria